Your Destination Guide to Benidorm

 

A highly popular holiday town, Benidorm is situated on the Costa Blanca coast in the southern region of Spain. It’s very well known for the vibrancy of its entertainment and nightlife, and attracts thousands of visitors every year to its numerous nightclubs and bars. And with over 3000 hours of sunshine annually, Benidorm earns its reputation as a sunny and warm tourist delight. Additionally, it has exceptionally panoramic sea views thanks to its skyscrapers.

What to Visit

 

Benidorm has a plethora of cultural and historical attractions for tourists to visit. Its Old Quarter is especially worth at least a stroll for the Balcón del Mediterráneo belvedere, with its traditionally whitewashed walls and blue tiled décor. The balustrade depicts a repeating motif all the way to the Benidorm seafront. Plus, this is where you can find one of the older fishing villages in the region, replete with the San Jaime Parish Church which has been standing here since the 18th century. It’s also home to a bustling marketplace where tourists can find souvenirs to take home.

You can also visit the Benidorm Isle via boat. The place is the subject of a local myth that says the entire isle is the huge chunk of missing rock that originally came from neighboring Mount Puig Campana. The story goes that it was Charlemagne who hacked away the tip of the mountain top and sent it to its final destination in the sea.

Other cultural landmarks include the Poniente Beach Promenade, the Maritime Cultural Center and L’Aiguera Park.

What to Do

 

The water sports alone could make up the entirety of your trip to Benidorm. At the Aqualandia Water Park, families can spend an incredible day out. They can also visit Terra Mitica, a fascinating theme park about the ancient world, complete with hugely enjoyable roller coasters and other attractions.

The nightlife in Benidorm is intense, with numerous bars, night clubs and karaoke houses. Some notable clubs and bars include the Zodiac Show Time Bar, the Pretty Woman Lapdance Bar and the Bahamas Disco Pub. These are all located in the English Square, which is a hub of night time activities.

Visitors with a love for golf can square off at the Villaitana Levante or Poniente golf courses, both of which are lush spaces, and offer unparalleled views of the Benidorm skyline. More outdoorsy types can avail of several adventure and outdoor sports options such as beach safaris, jet ski rides and mountain biking. Trips on the Guadelest reservoir are especially recommended. Or if you have a hankering for the some natural beauty, why not take a side trip to El Agar’s lovely waterfalls and springs? You could also visit the mountain ranges of Bernia and Aitana. And a trip along the coast is never wasted, so you should try to visit towns like Calpe, Denia and Altea on the coastal front. And of course, no trip is truly complete without shopping. Benidorm boasts of over 1600 shops for tourists and holidaymakers to purchase gift items and souvenirs from.  

 

 

 

Your Destination Guide to Tenerife

 

Tenerife is just the place for you to make some of the most unforgettable memories of your life. One of the more charming members of the Canary Islands, it is a top holiday destination spot. This is in no small part due to its fantastic weather, with clear skies and sunshine all year around. Any time is a good time to visit thanks to the perennial spring/summer climate, although you are likely to see some rain in November and somewhere around February. September’s the very best time to visit, however, with warm days and temperate nights. Plus, it’s a safe and friendly place for families!

Where to Stay

 

Tenerife has its share of comfortable and hospitable hotels, resorts and villas. You should be able to find something to your liking no matter what your budget is.

If you have something luxurious in mind, we recommend the 5-star Roca Nivaria Gran Hotel on the Costa Adeje coastal resort. Or if it’s a 4-star place that’s up your alley, stay at the Hotel Jardín Tropical. It is in close proximity San Eugenio a town by the seaside. This gorgeous town simply needs to be visited, if only for the scenic Puerto Colón marina. Another option is the opulently fashionable Playa del Duque near the Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort on the south-west coast.

It’s the Playa de las Américas where budget-conscious tourists tend to flock to, whether they’re couples, families or single.  Families also prefer the Puerto de la Cruz in the north, a vibrantly green and deeply cultural resort. It is also home to botanical gardens and plazas, as well as places of historic interest. You could try the Hotel Beatriz Atlantis and Spa here. Or, if you’re looking for a more peaceful and serene place, stay at a hotel in Los Gigantes in the western part of the region. And if golfing is your passion, make your way to the lush Golf del Sur and its gorgeous 5-star Sandos San Blas Hotel Reserva Ambiental & Golf.

What to Do

 

Make sure you take a swim in Garachico’s famously lovely lava- hewn rock pools. And don’t forget to drink a cup of the plaza’s fabulous coffee! Plus, you simply cannot go back home without expansively experiencing the landscape via a cable car ride to the summit of the highest mountain in Spain, Mount Teide.

The water parks are another highlight on Tenerife. There are quite a few attractions that would be enjoyed by people of all ages, so it’s a great place to bring family. Here’s a trip: get the package that allows you to buy twin tickets to the water park Siam Park as well as Loro Parque. The latter is an incredible zoo teeming with a variety of different and well cared for species.

And if you’re one for physical activities, visit the rugged terrain of the Anaga Mountains for some hiking adventures. There are also several extremely picturesque places where you can engage in rappelling and rafting.

 

 

 

Your Destination Guide to Corfu

 

Corfu is one of Greece’s more popular Ionian Islands. While in recent years, its beauty had been marred by the evils of excessive tourist activities, Corfu is returning from its phase of over-development. The sun and sea alone remain magical features for tourists to flock to this location. Corfu offers a lot more than just that though. Visitors find the spot to have something to offer for everyone— whether they’re traveling on their own or with families. It’s also a great alternative to crowded resorts.

Where to Stay

 

The island has its share of holiday resorts that are specifically meant for tourists and visitors. You could always avail of the packages offered by various companies to these. You could also go for the budget friendly Pink Palace, whose rates includes breakfast, dinner and transport to buses and planes. Alternatively, quite a few holidaymakers in the north-east opt for accommodation in the villas. This is an extremely popular choice due to the scenic mountain and bay views from the villas.  

Where to Visit

 

Corfu is quite the metropolitan hub, and so has a great deal of places to visit and see. You can visit the famous landmark of St. Spiridon Church, which is known for its deep red bell tower. The area surrounding this is quite quaint as well, with its spindly alleyways and shopping streets.

You should also have a look at the ancient fortresses that were built by the Venetians in order to defend the town from invading armies four hundred years ago. Palaio Frourio also offers excellent views of the coast and town.

Tourists often make the mistake of focusing entirely on the coast, which means they neglect the lovely inland areas. These places remain completely unspoiled by tourist activities, and provide an authentic look at the natural richness of the island. If you’re looking for some peaceful serenity, do make sure to visit these parts for the quiet streets and total lack of bustle.

Of course, this doesn’t mean all inland destinations are similarly quiet. Take the Aqualand Water Park, for instance, is a wonderland of attractions including rafts, pools and pirate adventures.

What to Do

 

Corfu is known for the delicacies of its seafood restaurants. While these tend to be on the expensive side, they’re well worth your money. Do visit Toula’s in Agni, a place revered for its Toula’s shrimps. Agios Stefanos is where you want to go if you want to choose a modern and chic place to eat out. In fact, the restaurants here tend to place their tables right on the sand so you can enjoy the sea breeze while you eat.

Corfu’s nightlife is similarly magnetic, with an eclectic range of cafes and bars in the capital. The beach resorts are where the larger and livelier night clubs are situated. Of course, you may be in the mood for a quiet night, and if that’s so, enjoy the sunset views from a tavern on the bay.  

 

 

Your Destination Guide to Ibiza

 

Ibiza has long been a popular tourist spot, thanks to its absolutely gorgeous coastline and incredibly happening nightclubs. And of course, the climate simply adds to its appeal.

What to See

 

The salt lakes and salt pans in Ibiza are a grandstanding tourist attraction. The island of Formentara, which is easily accessible by boat from Ibiza, boasts salt pans that have now been converted into nature reserves. They’re a great place for birdwatchers to visit. The island also plays host to a great number of nude beaches, although it’s not necessary to partake in that yourself!   

Of course, the beaches are a major draw in sunny Ibiza. They tend to be the cleanest beaches in the Mediterranean, and some have even been awarded by the EU for their commitment to environmental friendliness. While there are around 80 beaches for you to choose from, Cala Jondal is one to be recommended. It’s somewhat isolated, so the beach isn’t overcrowded. At the same time, it has some excellent bars and restaurants. This makes Cala Jondal one of the more peaceful and serene, yet lively and chic locations in Ibiza. Additionally, the views are spectacular, with hilly areas covered with pines.

Other beaches worth a mention are the Agua Blanca and the Benirras.

You can also visit the salt lakes in Las Salinas. The sea bed in the national park here has been declared a World Heritage due to the unique seagrass that grows over there. The place is famous for its excellent party bars, so when you’re tired of walking along the coast you can unwind at one of these.

What to Do

 

Ibiza’s a great place for all kinds of outdoors activities. Diving, especially, can be done under near perfect conditions, thanks to the clear water and excellent temperatures. The island has a number of diving centers all over it, such as the Diving Center San Miguel. Additionally, you can cycle all over Ibiza, and Formentera as well. Ibiza is extremely biker friendly, and has routes especially made for cyclers. These routes can go all the way from fields to the very center of the island. There are quite a few companies that rent bikes to tourists. You can also easily get information on the routes, or tour guides to help you on the way. Horse riding is another popular activity here, and so tourists can explore the island on horseback. There are a number of stables for you to choose from that can give you an excellent riding experience.

The Aguamar water park is not to be sneezed at either. The park isn’t exactly high tech, but the slides, pools and playgrounds make it an enjoyable place to spend the day with your family.

As mentioned earlier, Ibiza’s very well known for its vibrant clubbing and nightlife scene. The clubs can be extremely ostentatious, and attract some of the hottest celebrities and DJs the world over every year. There are also smaller clubs that play more alternative and experimental music for the trendier crowd.

 

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